CTWD to Highlight Educational Value and Healing Power of Caribbean Film at 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Conference

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CTWD to Highlight Educational Value and Healing Power of Caribbean Film at 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Conference

To arrange a meeting with CTWD during the CSA Conference, please send a request to

Nicole Brooks at distribution.caribbeantales@gmail.com

Representatives of CTWD will also be available at the 5/27 panel presentation

Bridgetown, Barbados (Sonique Solutions) CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) will be presenting an important panel discussion on the unique role of film and new digital technologies in healing the historical hurts created by our colonial past, that have fueled divisions between Africa and the Creole cultures of the Caribbean and the Americas. The presentation will take place on Wednesday 27th May at 4:00pm during the 40th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Presenting on the panel are: CTWD Chair, Dr. Keith Nurse; renowned filmmaker and Co-founder of Banyan Ltd., Christopher Laird; and filmmaker and ‘art-ivist’, Nicole Brooks. CTWD’s attendance at CSA is being made possible by the ‘3D Distribution Project’, financed by the EU & ACP Group of States.

Caribbean Studies is growing in popularity among scholars and universities worldwide. This educational field is a core market for CTWD’s catalog of over 300 titles, many of which are used effectively as curriculum tools on a range of subjects, including history, language, cultural studies, immigration, sociology, economics, politics, and women’s & gender studies.

“Film records and documents our cultures, both past and living, and has the power to unite territories divided by distance, language and bodies of water. The synergies and similarities throughout the Diaspora are undeniable, haunting, resonant, and healing. Films on Caribbean subjects provide tools for education that did not exist before. They are invaluable for education, documentation and forward development, ” said Frances-Anne Solomon, Founder of CTWD.

CTWD’s top educational sellers include:-

  • Forward Home’ by Lisa Wickham: a documentary which analyzes the economic power of the Caribbean Diaspora, based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Keith Nurse, the region’s leading cultural industries specialist.

  • 70: Remembering A Revolution’ by Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp, which documents Trinidad and Tobago during the 1970’s black power movement.

  • Calypso Dreams’ by Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne, which chronicles the spirit and traditions of calypso music and profiles the genre’s mightiest legends.

During the CSA Conference, CTWD will also announce its landmark partnership with the Banyan Archives. The unparalleled Collection spans 4 decades and includes more than 3,000 high-quality documentary video recordings of Caribbean rituals, cultural festivals, and hundreds of interviews with celebrated Caribbean artists and icons.

About CARIBBEANTALES

CaribbeanTales (CT) is a group of media companies that produces, markets, and exhibits Caribbean-themed films and television programs for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the first full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean. As well as distribution, CTWD provides co-production services to producers of Caribbean-themed content.

About Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) is an independent professional, non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Caribbean studies from a multidisciplinary, multicultural point of view. It is the primary association for scholars and practitioners working on the Caribbean Region with members ranging from the Caribbean Region, North America, South America, Central America and Europe.

The Association provides one of the only venues for persons working on the Caribbean to come together to share their work, to engage in collaborative endeavors, to exchange ideas, to meet each other, and to develop the field of Caribbean Studies.

About ACPCultures+ Program

The ACPCultures+ Program is implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States and funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) by the European Union.

Its objectives are: to reinforce the creation and production of cultural goods and services in the ACP States (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) through an approach integrated with distribution networks; to support increased access to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets; to build the capacities of culture sector professionals in ACP States, and to improve the regulatory environment of the culture sector.

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